11 things you need to know about council and school pay

If you work in a council or school (or wholly owned company like the Children’s Trust), your voting papers will be mailed to you in December, with a freepost envelope. Local government members working in councils and schools are balloting for strike action. But why? What has happened? And what’s next? Here is everything you […]

UNISON backs mobilisation for climate day of action

Government must deliver ‘a fair and just’ response to the climate emergency UNISON’s national executive council (NEC) is fully supporting plans for UK trade unions to mobilise around the country as part of the Global Day of Action for Climate Justice on 6 November. The event is one of many aimed at putting pressure on […]

COP26 – Climate Change and the United Nations

The Glasgow COP26 in November is fast approaching and the eyes of the world will be watching intently. What is COP26? It is the 26th ‘Conference Of the Parties’, which is a United Nations summit. Why is it important? It is the place where the United Nations will discuss the effects of Climate Change upon […]

UNISON COVID-19 Impact Report

Most of us have lived our lives in peace and prosperity. We took for granted that we would have enough food on the table, good health care when we needed it, schools for our children to learn in and parks for them to play in – and freedom from the fear of the deadly diseases […]

Updated Guidance – COVID-19 and disabled, shielding or other vulnerable workers

UNISON has updated the guidance on COVID-19 and disabled, shielding and vulnerable workers. If you are disabled, pregnant, over 70 or have an underlying health condition you should take extra precautions to stay safe during the coronavirus pandemic and may previously have been told to ‘shield’. People who are immunosuppressed or immunocompromised may be particularly […]

Birmingham Branch Condemns racist abuse following Euro final

Birmingham Unison strongly condemn the racist abuse that has been displayed via social media, and other channels following the Euro’s football result. We encourage staff to report any discriminatory posts  via the appropriate channels both on social media and otherwise. The abuse that the players have been receiving is unacceptable. The team achieved an amazing […]

Ending school bubbles and isolation will be dangerous, says UNISON

Rolling back safety measures risks spread. Responding to education secretary Gavin Williamson’s comments today (Wednesday) that he expects school bubbles to be removed in England if Covid restrictions are lifted on 19 July, UNISON head of education Jon Richards said: “Removing school bubbles and halting self-isolation will lead to more disruption, not less. “Coronavirus cases in schools are at […]

UNISON NEC Election Results & Presidential Team

UNISON’s NEC election results were announced on the National UNISON website on Friday 11th June 2021 – you can find a full list of those elected on this page: Summary list of elected NEC members These members took office following the end of Special Delegate Conference 2021. The term of office will run until the […]

UNISON joins the fight over proper use of health data

The government has announced its intention to take a copy of the entire GP-recorded medical history of patients in England from this summer – in part for commercial use. There has been no public consultation on the plans, though some details have now been published by NHS Digital. The full list of sensitive information or ‘codes’ that […]

“Insulting” pay offer rejected by council and school staff, says UNISON

Jon Richards says 1.5% shows complete disregard for all staff have done during pandemic. The 1.5% pay offer made by the Local Government Association to council and school support staff last week has been resoundingly rejected by UNISON, the union has announced today (Friday). At an earlier meeting of the union’s local government committee, representatives […]